BIG STONE GAP — Getting new high school graduates a tuition-free education and adding a new on-campus gathering place are among the goals for Mountain Empire Community College in its 51st year.

College President Kristen Westover said MECC’s Promise Program announced in December will give the high school class of 2023 across the college’s service region of Wise, Lee, Scott and Dickenson counties and city of Norton a chance to attend two years of community college and earn an associate’s degree.

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